Loyd Case Goes Solar, Answers Your Questions and More!
What's new in Episode 234
• Loyd Case of ExtremeTech.com joins Robert on set.
• Today's Tech Pic of the Week is from Loyd. He shows off his new Solar Panel Array. If you the full story on all the ins and outs of Loyd's solar installation experience, click HERE for Loyd's article on ExtremeTech.com.
• PC Magazine's Nicole Price Fasig takes a look at the SP8PRT Digital Picture Frame and Printer from Smartparts.
• And now the questions for Loyd:
Questions 1 is from John of Reno, NV:
I'm building a new system and looking for a processor recco. I'm will be doing some light gaming, video transcoding, and regular computer stuff. The CPUs I'm considering are the E8400 and the Q9300. Both are in my price range and I like that they're 45nm. Which should I go with?
Questions 2 is from Harry of New Jersey:
I am beginning to spec out a PC to run MS Flight Simulator. I am planning to build the system around a quad core processor, however I am a bit confused about what to do for the video boards. What would be his recommendation for a 4+ monitor solution for a flight sim?
Questions 3 is from Yosuan of Miami, FL:
I'm planning on building a ATI/AMD Spider Platform based system and thinking of running 4 graphics card, I was wondering what power supply do you recommend and how many watts?
Questions 4 is from Rick of Dallas, TX:
What do you think the future of discrete graphics really looks like? With ATI's 480 on the horizon and Nvidia salvo's most likely to follow soon after. Do you see discrete graphics becoming more and more powerful maybe with multi core chips or do you see CPU's with build in graphics like AMD's Fusion or Larrabee becoming the true future?
Questions 5 is from Anthony of Chicago, IL:
Lately I've noticed the temp of my graphics card (ATI Radeon X1900 XT) is running about 80C idle. I've been getting the warning message while gaming where it tells me that it's getting to hot and it's lowering the clock speed to keep it from melting. Everything in the PC is running at stock speeds. I'm wondering what the normal temp for a graphics card is. Do you have any suggestions or solutions? Or should I buy the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2?
Questions 6 is from David of Upstate NY:
What I'm wondering is, we all know about a central home media server. I was wondering if there is a way to set up a central game server. What are your thoughts on this?
Questions 7 is from Jason:
I was pretty excited about the overclocking parts you had on the show. I really want to do it but don't know what program to use for watching my CPU temp. Do you have any free applications you'd recommend using for Windows XP?
• Our Neuros OSD Entry of the Week comes from Brett of Cedar City, UT:
Sometimes I forget to catch a tv show so I download it later via bittorent. I have to burn it to a RW DVD to watch converted divx files on my DVD player. I'd love to have the Neuros to simply watch xvid right off an SD card.
Thank you Brett. You will get a DL.TV T-Shirt.
• We finally got the legalities worked out and will be giving away the Neuros OSD. Giveaway entry ends June 3rd. Drawing will be June 5th. YOU HAVE 1 WEEK LEFT. The rules are simple:
• Two ways to enter:
• Create a video of 20 seconds or less.
• The video must be about how the Neuros OSD will enhance your home theater system.
• You must be a resident of the US and at least 18 years of age. For the full legalese download the rules.
• Upload it to your YouTube page.
• If you haven't already, add DL.TV as a friend!
• Share your video with us!
• Send us an email telling us in 50 words or less how the Neuros OSD will enhance your home theater system.
• Even if you don't win we might still use your video question on a future episode of DL.TV. IF we do, we will send you a DL.TV T-Shirt.
• And don't forget to send us an email with your full name, URL and name of the YouTube account you used, mailing address, your phone number and your shirt size. Put "DL.TV Neuros OSD Giveaway" in the subject line.
• Next Week: We will be giving the Neuros OSD away. So, get your entries in before the June 3rd deadline. Garnett Lee will be back on the show to help out with the drawing. Assistant Producer Sam Arbizo will be showing off a really cool case mod. Plus more viewer questions, tech pics and more.